An American Airlines flight from Miami landed safely at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday morning after being hit by a bird as it landed.
Flight 1256, a Boeing 737-800, was flying at an altitude of about 900 feet above the runway when it was reportedly struck by a bird sometime before 11 a.m., a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration said. None of the 135 passengers on board were hurt or aware of the incident as it occurred, according to reports.
Investigators are evaluating the plane for damage. It has yet to be determined if the bird responsible for the collision was a Canada goose, which struck U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in January, forcing Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River.
Tuesday’s strike took place at the same time the city and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took steps to remove approximately 2,000 Canada geese from areas adjacent to LaGuardia and Kennedy International Airport.
Their plan includes the use of state-of-the-art bird radars, hiring a second airport wildlife biologist to assess the hazard and rounding up and trapping the geese.